SPJ 21 Journalism Conference • Sept. 2-4, 2021



2008: Atlanta


September 6th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
Relating to people, humanistic approach important for good stories

Many years before winning a Pulitzer, Tom Hallman graduated near the bottom of his high school class. Now his list of accomplishments, including winning several major features writing awards in journalism and being nominated twice for a Pulitzer, makes it hard for some to believe that he is, as he says, "just an average guy."


September 6th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
Middle East correspondent went from witnessing history to trying to help

Martin Fletcher’s journey to Atlanta started three days ago. Fletcher, the Tel Aviv bureau chief and correspondent for NBC News, was in Tanzania reporting on how witchdoctors are threatening the East African nation’s albino population.


September 6th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
Candidates make their pitches

National SPJ delegates gathered Friday for the annual pre-election opening business session.


September 6th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
Awards recognize outstanding journalists

During the Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon Friday, students and educators were recognized for journalism in print, broadcast and online. Four awards honored those who went beyond the classroom to protect the First Amendment and ensure a future for journalism.


September 6th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
How to attend conventions without breaking the bank

It doesn’t take a math genius (a.k.a. most non-journalists) to know training conventions can be costly. As companies look for ways to cut costs, many have done away with paying for employer’s convention trips and even industry association fees.


September 5th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
Politics, new-media sessions mark start of annual convention

Politics was on SPJ Convention and National Leadership Conference attendees’ minds as scores of professional and aspiring journalists gathered at the opening reception for the Atlanta convention.


September 5th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
Pulitzer winning journalist discusses investigative series, career

When Brett Blackledge began reporting on bankrolling and cronyism within Alabama’s two-year college system, he knew very little about the system’s inner workings.


September 4th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
Top 10 places to visit in Atlanta

Stop. Put down the bourbon. Step away from the bar. Explore the best Atlanta has to offer. Take a walk, hop on MARTA or take a short cab ride to see these sights.


September 4th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
SPJ membership rises more than 6 percent

The Society of Professional Journalists’ board members gathered one last time Wednesday under the direction of President Clint Brewer. The board addressed issues ranging from future sites for conventions to revamping the membership database.


September 4th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
Seasoned journalists offer words of wisdom

The first five years are always the toughest. It’s the time to figure out whether or not journalism is the right career or whether it’s time to move on.


September 4th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
Expo offers more education, jobs with online focus

The networking, card-gathering and pen-collecting began Thursday as journalists trickled into the Journalism Expo Trade Show to kick off the 2008 SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference.


September 4th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
From Middle America to Mideast: Allam’s meteoric rise impressive here and abroad

For young journalists, it may be hard to imagine that in a few short years you can go from writing term papers to reporting from the streets of Iraq. Hannah Allam, the Mark of Excellence Luncheon keynote speaker, did just that.


September 4th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
Covering Latino community requires getting past labels

The editor of the leading Spanish-language newspaper in Georgia said the media should treat Latinos like one famous alien in particular who came to the United States without papers: Superman, the comic book superhero whose spaceship crash-landed in rural America.


September 4th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
Pioneering journalist to address industry’s future

Charlayne Hunter-Gault likes a newspaper in her hand. “I like the way it feels and how it crinkles,” said Hunter-Gault, who also reads news on the Web.


September 4th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
Social networks ease reporting

The way journalists relate to sources and readers is changing because of social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook, said Nick Hoover, a technology writer for InformationWeek magazine.


September 4th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
SPJ looks for passage of shield law with veto-proof majority in second vote

In July, about a dozen Society of Professional Journalists members lobbied U.S. senators to pass the Free Flow of Information Act. Despite the efforts of SPJ President Clint Brewer and others, debate on the bill was closed with a 51-43 vote, effectively killing the bill.


September 4th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
Elrick, Schaefer to receive Pulliam Award for exposing Detroit mayor’s wrongdoing

Like many good stories, this one started with a tip. While reporting on a whistle-blower lawsuit filed against their city’s mayor, Detroit Free Press reporters M.L. Elrick and Jim Schaefer learned that the plaintiff’s attorney was trying to obtain potentially incriminating text messages sent on city-issued pagers.


September 4th, 2008 • 2008: Atlanta
Frequent posting important to generating blog hits

Eyeballs are the currency of new media, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism professor and WNBC-TV technology reporter Sree Sreenivasan said Thursday.



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